Votes for 16 Year Olds in Wales as Welsh Government Unveils Legislative Plans

New measures to protect children, strengthen NHS governance, reform local government and lower the voting age will be the Welsh Government’s major priorities for the upcoming year.

First Minister, Carwyn Jones unveiled his Government’s latest legislative programme last week (17 July) and Wrexham’s Assembly Member, Lesley Griffiths has backed the proposals.

She said: “With the Conservative UK Government submerged in turmoil surrounding their calamitous handling of Brexit, the Welsh Labour Government is getting on with business, unveiling a wide-ranging legislative programme that will protect the nation’s interests.”

“Despite the challenging times, the Welsh Government will continue to deliver on its commitments and stand up for people in Wrexham and Wales.”

As part of a package of measures aimed at ensuring children have the best possible start in life, the Welsh Government will introduce new legislation to end the physical punishment of children in Wales.

A bill will also be brought forward that places statutory obligations on all health organisations in Wales to be open and transparent, with a new independent body being created to give people a stronger voice for their experiences of health and social care services.

The Welsh Government will introduce a local government bill, which will include reform of local authority electoral arrangements, including reducing the voting age to include 16 and 17 year olds.

The way animals are treated is an important reflection on society and over the next 12 months, a bill will be introduced to ban the use of wild animals in travelling circuses on welfare grounds.